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28 June 2017 - Panel : L

Changes and Continuities in the Religious Landscape of Northeast India (1)

Panel coordinated by Emilie Crémin – Doctor in geography, affiliated to the Centre for Himalayan Studies (UPR299 CNRS)

Place : Sciences Po, 27 Rue Saint Guillaume, 75007 Paris
Time  : 9.00 - 10.30 a.m.
Language : English

Panel presentation

Topics : religion, politics, history, social changes

This panel explores the changing religious landscape of Northeast India, an area of ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity faced with recurrent inter-religious tension and inter-communal conflicts.

We will first examine new forms of indigenous religious expressions and will study how belief systems are being restructured and institutionalized to bring about new indigenous "religions" that are based both on "traditional" beliefs and on religious frameworks as a result of mainstream faiths (Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam).

Secondly, we will try to understand how vernacular myths and legends as well as ritual and cultural practices developed by local populations (indigenous or tribal) have influenced ritual daily practices. We are particularly interested in local forms of faith to understand how perceptions of the world adapt and are transformed under the influence of mainstream religions.

This panel aims to explain the motivations hidden behind religious conversions and their effects on practitioners’ daily lives. We hope to discover how political and religious elites use the religious phenomenon and to understand the consequences of these changes in the religious sphere on the definition of tribal communities’ identity.

Various indigenous movements are presented as examples of what may be called a "religious restructuring", to show how they adapt their practices to globalization and conversion initiatives. Tribalised forms of Hinduism are to be found in the States of Tripura, Manipur and Assam, there are examples of local versions of Buddhism in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, whereas tribalised forms of Christianity exist nearly everywhere in the hills of Northeast India. For a better understanding of the processes involved in these emerging movements, each presentation will examine the structures these reforms have taken, the new symbols and meanings they have created, and the policy that defines these revivals.

- Dr Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
- Dr Margaret Lyngdoh (University of Tartu, Estonia)
- Kikee Doma Bhutia (University of Tartu, Estonia)
- Baburam Saikia (University of Tartu, Estonia)
- Dr Irene Majo Garigliano (Centre d’études himalayennes, Villejuif, France)
- Dr Emilie Crémin (Centre d’études himalayennes UPR 299 CNRS, Villejuif, France)
- Dr Shalin Jain (University of Delhi, India)

For the programme and papers (synopses), click on the pdf below.

Voir en ligne : https://congresasie2017.sciencescon...